About 2 weeks before Dangan 178 took place the shower under-went some drastic changes, pulling the main event from the card. As a result there was a second poster created, with the key fingure changing from Ken Shiro, who removed himself from the show, to Shota Kawaguchi. The change has left the poster being "upto date" but also very dull and empty. It was a needed change, but in all honestly not one that really looks great.
On April 2nd we see the SBS tournament return for the second series. This 32 man knockout tournament will see fighters fighting through the year and will almost certainly create a fair bit of action in Korea. The poster for the opening round of bouts is simple generic one, but one that lists the bouts and will increase attention for the competition.
This coming Sunday in Osaka fight fans get the chance to see the next in the Dangan cards, a rare foray away from the Korakuen Hall for the popular serious of shows. The shows isn't the strongest card, an issue with Ken Shiro pulling out of the card only weeks before the event, but it's not terrible either. Sadly the poster is pretty much focused around the former Japanese Light Flyweight king pin. Other fighters are on the poster but the central figure isn't, any more.
This coming Sunday we see Green Tsuda put on their next "Crash Boxing" show, featuring a host of notable fighters, like Kazuki Tanaka. The show isn't a huge one but it does feature a host of notable Japanese fighters and they are all on a very busy poster giving fans a real glimpse of the fighters to expect. As well as the images the poster also features a helpful bout list. A solid effort, though it's not the best, even from the Crash Boxing cards.
Next weekend Ryukyu Promotions put on their next show, a low key one in Okinawa. The show is headlined by Rookie of the Year winner Shawn Oda, who takes the lead roll on the poster. The poster isn't the most in your fair but there is plenty of colour there and it's clearly for a low key boxing show. A simple low level poster, for a show that won't get much international attention.
April 2nd is set to be a hectic day in Japanese boxing with a number of shows. One of those, from Shizuoka, will be "Suruga Boy Desafio 6", which is a relatively thin card but one that should be action packed, with the main event being a particularly interestingly lookign bout between Cristiano Aoqui and Noriaki Sato. The card might not be as big as some of the ones in Osaka but it will have plenty of action and has several well matched bouts.uga Boy Desafio 6
To kick of the Month of April we see the next Dynamic Glove show, headlined by former WBC Flyweight world champion Toshiyuki Igarashi. The poster features Igarashi in the lead role on the poster and also features his opponent, Miguel Cartagena in an inset picture along with the under-card fighters, like Shuya Masaki, Shingo Eto and Hayate Kaji. It's not a mind blowing poster and it has got a simple design, but it does it's job to sell the show heavily on Igarashi.
On March 31st we'll see Yamaguchi Tsuchiura Promotions put on their next show, headlined by Tatsuya Takahashi. The poster is a simple one, listing the bouts, the details of the card and selling on Takahashi as the main image. It's a simple but effective poster.
On March 28th Japanese fans at the Korakuen Hall will get the chance to see an interesting SGS/Dangan card. The card is headlined by former world title challenger Koki Eto, in a mismatch, though feature more interesting bouts featuring the likes of Riku Nagahama and Ryota Ishida. The poster is simple but effective and sells well on Eto's face, as well as the overall feel of an impending storm.
On March 27th Ohashi gym put on their next card, which is a strong one littered with notable names, such as Ryuji Hara, Hiroki Inoue, Ryo Matsumoto and Andy Hiraoka. The poster features only the Ohashi gym fighters involved on the card, a shame in some ways, but it is a strong poster and one that makes it clear that the Ohashi gym is a strong outfit full of talent.
Every major fight needs good promotional posters. This part of AsianBoxing will try and feature some of those posters.